My friend Dan tells a lot of stories.
On Friday the topic of conversation turned to cars and, of course, Dan had a story to tell. He spun a yarn about how he once went to a dealership looking for a pickup, but left with a convertible.
Now that’s just exceptionally poor willpower combined with a complete lack of focus. The first rule about buying a car is to find one that fits your needs. It’s one of those things that shouldn’t even need saying, but if you need a truck to haul a boat or load a couple yards of bark, don’t buy a convertible.
I never thought I’d need to write those words, but Dan’s story illustrates what can happen when impulse takes control of your car shopping.
Emotion plays a huge role in the car buying process, which can sometimes lead to buying the wrong set of wheels. I advise that the absolute worst way to begin car shopping is to casually start visiting car lots. More likely than not, you’ll stumble across a vehicle you fall in love with. Your mind, and your salesman, will convince you that you simply *must* have it, regardless of whether or not it’s the best car for your needs.
Determining what kind of car you need typically isn’t very difficult. You certainly don’t need an auto blogger to help you figure out whether you need a pickup or a convertible! But, once you know that your next vehicle should be a truck and you start shopping, don’t let impulse make your choice for you. If you find an F-150 and fall in love with it right away, you’re more likely to pay a higher price or sacrifice options you originally wanted.
Stay as scientific as you can through the process, and analyze the features and cost of the truck more than how much you love it. If something doesn’t add up, wait for the next deal. The CarGurus used listings can help with the process and prove that there’s always a next deal!
One thing the listings can’t protect you from is buying a convertible when you need a truck. That’s on you!
Have you ever bought a car that didn’t meet your needs?